Sex and Gender Effects in Recovery From Alcohol Use Disorder

The current article provides a summary of biopsychosocial gender differences in alcohol use disorder (AUD), then reviews existing literature on gender differences in treatment access, retention, outcomes, and longer-term recovery. Among psychotherapies for AUD, there is support for the efficacy of providing female-specific treatment and for female-only treatment settings, but only when female-specific treatment is included. However, despite mandates from the National Institutes of Health to do so, there is little work thus far that directly compares genders on outcomes of specific psychotherapies or pharmacotherapies for AUD. Although existing research has mixed findings on sex and gender differences in overall outcomes, there are more consistent findings suggesting different mechanisms of behavior change among men and women in AUD treatment and long-term recovery. Thus, more work is needed that attends to gender and sex differences, including planning studies that are structured to examine not only gender-differentiated outcomes in treatment response but equally important, differences in treatment access and attendance as well as differences in mechanisms of change in drinking behavior.

Webinar | Building Strength and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Washington, D.C.
United States

Building Strength and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Parents with Substance Use Disorders and Their Children

A live webinar exploring strategies for building strength and resilience in parents with substance use disorders during this difficult time.

Presenter: Hendrée E Jones, PhD, Executive Director, UNC Horizons, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina

Moderator: Cary Hopkins Eyles, MA, CAP
Date: 11/11/2020 at 9:00am Eastern / 2pm London

Location: Webinar
To register please email Cary Hopkins Eyles at: eylesc [at] icuddr [dot] org

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Supporting the Families of Substance Users: An Interview with Vivienne Evans OBE

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United Kingdom

Register for the next webinar in the ISSUP Expert days series:

ISSUP Expert Days

Please join us on Friday 24th of April at 2pm (GMT) for an interview with Vivienne Evans OBE, ISSUP Board member and Chief Executive of Adfam - the UK’s national umbrella organisation for children and families affected by substance misuse. Adfam’s mission is to empower family members and carers, supporting frontline workers and influencing decision-makers to stop drug and alcohol use from threatening and ultimately destroying family relationships and wellbeing.

Recent research published by Adfam revealed that almost 1 in 3 adults in the UK have been negatively affected by the substance use of someone they know, including family members. Many families suffer in silence without access to adequate support. The harms can range from mental health problems, abuse, relationship difficulties, financial strain and isolation to many other forms of stigma.

What ways can you inform your practice to improve outcomes for families? How should you approach the provision of ongoing support for children affected by parental substance misuse? How can providers ensure families are given the necessary opportunities to recover and thrive? What strategies can you use to help families overcome stigma and find the confidence to access the support they need?

Vivienne will be helping participants to navigate these questions and more. You will learn how to offer effective support to enable families to improve their health and wellbeing, stay in work, participate in society and build and maintain positive relationships.

About Vivienne

Vivienne Evans OBE is the Chief Executive of Adfam and has extensive background experience in drug and alcohol education, prevention and working with young people. She is a former member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and chaired its working group on the implementation of Hidden Harm.  She also chaired the Drug Sector Skills Consortium, funded by the Department of Health, from 2012 until its conclusion in 2015. For more information about ADFAM and its work with families and professionals, visit:

How to join the webinar

Step 1: Register

First click here and register to book your place on the webinar. There are limited places available and only registered users will have access to the webinar. All you have to do is click here to save your place. Plus, we'll send you a link to watch the recording at your leisure after the live session.

Step 2: Join the webinar

After you have registered for the webinar you will receive instructions on how to join at the specified time.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway.


Gender and Alcohol Infographics

Based on recent research, Glasgow Caledonian University, Strathclyde University, SHAAP and Glasgow Centre for Population Health, have produced infographics to tackle stereotypes about men, women and drinking in Scotland.

The infographics highlight the role of societal norms, the media and the alcohol industry in perpetuating these stereotypes and call on policymakers, researchers and alcohol services to monitor and report outcomes by gender. 

Andrea Escobar

El presente documento ha sido elaborado por la consultora PROGESSA, con la colaboración técnica del área de tratamiento del Consejo Nacional para el Control de Estupefacientes (CONACE), a través de un proyecto denominado ORIENTACIONES TÉCNICAS PARA LA DETECCIÓN, MOTIVACIÓN AL CAMBIO Y TRATAMIENTO

Andrea Escobar

Al ingerir Alcohol los síntomas de una borrachera duran más en una mujer. ¿Sabes por qué?

Inspire Freedom Campaign - IOGT International

The Inspire Freedom Campaign – Together for women and girls – every 25th is IOGT International’s flagship community campaign to promote the rights of girls and women and to end gender-based violence, by preventing alcohol violence.

The campaign hopes to inspire freedom through local actions which are carried out as part of the global movement of IOGT International – from Reykjavik to New Delhi, to Nairobi, Mexico City and Bangkok.

IOGT International have created a Comunity Action Guide to Inspire Freedom which provides a clockwork of activities – different actions that drive and support each other like cogwheels. It offers all participants opportunities to combine them as they see fit.

Click here to view the facts and get involved and raise awareness within your community!

Andrea Escobar

Informe sobre la situación actual del consumo de tabaco en las mujeres desde una perspectiva de género. Recomendaciones de futuro.

Andrea Escobar

Esta obra es una importante contribución que aporta un análisis exhaustivo de la situación de las mujeres en materia de adicciones y nos ofrece recomendaciones con las que podremos construir políticas públicas, con equidad de género, más sólidas y eficaces.



Dr. Hendrée Jones is a Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also the Executive Director of the UNC Horizons Comprehensive Care/ Trauma Responsive Program for Women and Children.